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During a pre-purchase examination, our experienced vets look for subtle problems which are easily overlooked in the excitement of making a new purchase.

Problems commonly encountered during a pre-purchase examination may include:

  • Eye problems
  • Lameness
  • Conformation
  • Respiratory abnormalities
  • Heart murmurs or irregular heartbeat
  • Sarcoids/ melanomas etc.

These conditions may render the horse unsuitable for purpose or reduce the value of the horse for resale.

The Examination
We offer both 2 stage and 5 stage pre-purchase examinations. They can be caried out at your yard or at our equine clinic.

1st stage – Passport and microchip check, eyes, body, heart, lungs, feet, front teeth, conformation etc.

2nd stage – Dynamic assessment including flexion tests and lunging on both firm and soft surfaces.

3rd stage – Rest

4th stage – Strenuous exercise (usually ridden)

5th stage – Final dynamic assessment

We highly recommend a full, 5-stage examination with a blood sample (which is stored for 6 months). Sometimes a shortened version (2 stage) is chosen e.g. for unbroken horses.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss your requirements.

Please note: An examination for insurance cannot be performed in favour of a pre-purchase examination if you are intending to purchase a new horse.